The Racer // ONE
Taeyang knew a day like this would come, he has known all along. But that doesn’t keep him from exiting the hospital with a very heavy heart, and a flow of heavy tears rolling down his cheeks.
~ 2 years before ~
Youngkyun made his way towards his workplace, in the cold of November. His hands were buried in his pocket as he advanced to the record shop where he worked part time. He had chosen this job more because of the job itself, than the need for money. Being a street racer and pretty good one at that, he wasn’t really in need of money. He lived in a small, modest apartment, and was saving up most of what he made for later. And let me tell you, for now, later was worth like 5 years of his actual rent. So yeah, his part time job was more of something to keep himself busy. He pushed the door, making the bell chime faintly. He greeted his friend, Juho, the owner of the shop, and went to the back to put down his stuff there. There wasn’t really a locker room or anything, it was just Juho and him working there anyways. He came back to the front, and started organizing the records they got this morning.
“So, how are you doing Kyun?” Juho asked as he looked through magazines, deciding on what he was going to buy for their next delivery.
“Uh? I’m good, why that?” Youngkyun looked up, raising a brow.
“I hear that last night’s race got a bit messy. I’m glad you weren’t hurt.”
“Oh that? Yeah, it was very slippery, but I made it through, thank you for your concern.”
Even if the races in which Youngkyun participated weren’t the most legal things ever, Juho still enjoyed watching them, even before knowing the tall boy.
“Is there one planned tonight?” Juho asked. “I have someone over for the week end, I thought about taking him.”
“Uh yeah, I think there’s one, I’m not participating though, it’s going to be mostly newbies.” He laughed a little. “But there’s going to be Juyeon, he’s a friend.. Wait no, more like an acquaintance, and he’s apparently pretty good. I might go have a look myself.”
“Oh, I guess we’ll see you there then?”
“Yeah, text me when you get there, I’ll show you around quickly, I don’t want to be the third wheel when you’re with your boyfriend.” Youngkyun shrugged.
“My boyfriend? Oh god no! Taeyang is more like a childhood friend, we’re basically brothers.” Juho laughed a little. “But you couldn’t know, so you wouldn’t be third wheeling, please join us!”
Right at the end of his sentence, the door chimed, and Youngkyun prepared himself to welcome the customer, putting on a soft gummy smile on.
“Juho, you could have told me there were like three different streets with the same name! I searched for an hour!” The boy said, faking anger.
“Yah, I’m sorry Taeyangie, force of habit of working here I guess.” He smiled and went to greet the boy. “We were just talking about you! Youngkyun, this is Taeyang, the friend I talked to you about!”
Youngkyun greeted him politely, and Taeyang returned the same gesture with a big smile, before turning back to Juho, engaging small talk. Youngkyun went back to his work, eventually welcoming the few clients that came in.
Morning went by in a flash. Juho left with his friend to show him where he lived, to that the boy wouldn’t get lost again. Youngkyun ate in the shop, as it did not close during lunch, end well, they needed someone to stay here.
Juho and Taeyang came back at around 2 in the afternoon, and Juho apologized for being so long. Taeyang stayed around for the afternoon, sometimes helping Juho, but never really coming close to Youngkyun. Well, that was going to be an awkward evening.
“Oh shit, this day felt like the longest in a while.” Juho groaned as he closed and locked the door to the shop.
“Yeah, it was pretty calm, it’s usually busier.” Youngkyun massaged the back of his neck with his hand. “So hey, erm, how do you wanna do for tonight? Want me to pick you up?”
“Oh that would be amazing, if it’s not too much trouble?” Juho asked. “You can come eat with us if you want?”
“Yeah of course, let’s do that!” He smiled softly. “Just tell me when I have to be there, I’m gonna go home and take a shower, and change probably.”
“Be there in like 2hours? Is that okay?”
“Yeah, perfect! See you there then!”
Youngkyun waved at the 2 boys as he walked back home. Once there, he hopped in a very hot shower, shaking the cold of winter off of his body. He relaxed his muscles under the powerful stream of water, and only turned off the water when the whole room was filled with steam. He stepped out the shower and grabbed a towel to messily dry his hair and body. He had let his hair grow longer so that it was easier to style. Having naturally wavy hair, it was way more simple for him to just air dry them, or tie them up when they weren’t doing what he wanted. Once ready, with a simple outfit, plain black jeans, a t-shirt and ha leather jacket, he checked the time. Juho’s house was about a 20 minute drive from his, so he’ll be good if he leaves now. He grabs keys, wallet, and a mask. He’s becoming fairly known in the street races, so he prefers to stay discreet when with friends, so they don’t get mobbed all the time there. He closes his door and leaved to Juho’s place, his car being kinda fancy, but not that fancy too.